F1 teams cut carbon emissions by 7 per cent

18 January 2013

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20 January 2013 | Adam Leach

Formula One teams have reduced the amount of carbon dioxide they and their supply chains produced over the past two years by 7 per cent by increasing fuel efficiency and using new engine systems.

Figures released on Friday by the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA), revealed engine systems such as the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) had helped teams to cut the emissions from F1 racing cars by 24 per cent over the period between 2009 and 2011. But the total emissions of the teams were only down by 7 per cent in total, due to an increase in business travel by the teams.

Martin Whitmarsh, team principal at McLaren and chairman of FOTA, said in a statement: "We have implemented robust systems to manage the carbon emissions of the teams and identify areas for further emissions reductions. We will continue our focus on fuel efficiency and are also investigating opportunities to shift towards more carbon-efficient freight transport modes.”

Richard Mattison, chief executive of Trucost - the organisation that measures emissions for FOTA - said: "By measuring, disclosing and reducing their operational and supply chain carbon emissions, the Formula One teams lead international sports federations in the carbon race," The innovations in fuel efficiency that the teams have achieved are an important development for the sport and the wider automotive industry."

FOTA has now committed to turning its attention to reducing the emissions produced within teams’ transport operations.

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